Building the Dice Tower
Howdy, all! I'm about to go off on another business trip (this time with my belongings carefully secured), but I wanted to post an organizational message regarding building dice towers on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar 2006.
Rob, Michael, Jon, and I have tentatively discussed getting together on this day to build dice towers. I plan on using the plans located here. I transcribed these plans into MS Visio and have made a few design tweaks to them. I then cut out cardboard templates of the key pieces, which should speed up measuring and cutting. I'm not 100% happy I have the design I want, but I'm happy enough to make a good solid beta version.
Anyone who is interested in joining in on the fun is welcome. Just pick up enough wood for your tower, which will cost you about $15. I you want to insulate the ramps and base, which I'd recommend, you'll need a little foam board and felt as well. You'll also need to get whatever stain or paint you want to use on your tower. I have enough dark walnut for a few towers if you want to use of mine.
Since there's going to be at least four of us, I figure we should use the full-size wood shop at Lackland AFB, which costs $2/hour. All the saws, drills, sanders, etc. we'll need are there. I figure it will take around three hours at the most.
Here's what I'll bring:
- Brad nail gun and brads
- Dark walnut stain and brush
- Wood glue and wood putty
- Dremel tool and Dremel router with bits for cutting ramp slots
- Materials (Wood, felt, foam board)
- Creative ideas (or better yet, plans) for the design you want to make